A pair of Captain Kirks and a pair of Darth Vaders will lend their voice to the independently financed 3-D animated film Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, a project made in conjunction with NASA.
According to Variety, William Shatner, Chris Pine, James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen will topline the voice cast of the $10 million film that is being financed by Taiwanese toonshop Digimax.
Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Peet, Jason Alexander, Sandra Oh, Mark Hamill, Abigail Breslin and Spencer Breslin round out the voice cast. Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong also will lend his voice, marking his bigscreen debut.
Directed by Dan St. Pierre and Harry Kloor, Quantum Quest will bow first in Imax and subsequently in conventional theaters in late 2009.
The story centers on Dave (Pine), a photon who lives in the sun and who is drawn into a galactic battle between the Core (Shatner) and the Void (Hamill).
Penned by Kloor, the film will take the audience to the outer planets and moons of the solar system.
Quantum Quest interweaves animated sequences rendered by Digimax with actual space imagery captured from seven ongoing space missions. The pic was initiated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of the outreach program of the Cassini Huygens space mission in 1996.